- Filibusters are defined as actions, such as long speeches, that stop a legislative assembly from progressing.
When senators give very, very long speeches to try to prevent a vote on a bill they do not want, this is an example of a filibuster.
filibuster definition by Webster's New World
- an adventurer who engages in unauthorized warfare against a country with which his own country is at peace; specif., any of the 19th-cent. U.S. adventurers who led armed expeditions into Latin American countries; freebooter
- the making of long speeches, introduction of irrelevant issues, etc. in order to obstruct the passage of a bill in the Senate
- a member of the Senate who uses such methodsalso filibusterer
Origin: Spanish filibustero ; from French flibustier, earlier fribustier ; from Middle Dutch vrijbuiter, freebooter
- to engage in unauthorized warfare as a freebooter
- ☆ to engage in a filibuster
filibuster definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.b. An instance of the use of this delaying tactic.
- An adventurer who engages in a private military action in a foreign country.
- To use obstructionist tactics in a legislative body.
- To take part in a private military action in a foreign country.
Origin: From Spanish filibustero, freebooter, from French flibustier, from Dutch vrijbuiter, pirate; see freebooter.
- filˈi·busˌter·er noun
filibuster - Cultural Definition
A strategy employed in the United States Senate, whereby a minority can delay a vote on proposed legislation by making long speeches or introducing irrelevant issues. A successful filibuster can force withdrawal of a bill. Filibusters can be ended only by cloture.